Archive for August 5th, 2006

Anti-Americans

Phantasmak did a very nice post in Greek the other day on the situation in Greece (and elsewhere) about the anti-americanism that’s brewing there. Many will argue that the American Government is the bad guy and that always has been, but usually things are not so black and white. Americans are not innocent in the world political and military scene. But they aren’t as guilty as most people want them to be either.

And in the case of Greece, the TV, print & Radio media there makes things worse as they are not objective at all. They never were, ever, about any topic. Every news agency has a political agenda there. This is one of the reasons why I consider Greece to still be in the middle ages: their media has f*cked up the people’s minds throughout the last 60 years. I love Greece, but I can never go back there to live an every day life. I had nothing in common with most of the people there when I used to live there. I was always the black sheep at school or our social circle for being outspoken and standing up for what’s right rather than what the society has come to expect from a young female.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some enlighted Greek people alright. But these are leaving Greece for other countries soon enough, and all what’s left in Greece are the idiots. And when you have a country full of idiots, it can’t go very far. At best, the intelligent people today in Greece, are the minority.

Most crazy: Britney Spears or Paris Hilton?

Check this video. Spears is looking brain-fried on this clip. The fact that she eats probably means that at the time of the video was shot she wasn’t drank. But she’s probably seriously stoned, or she’s already fried.

She is right about one thing though: she needs to get a life. If it’s not too late.

Diet Recipe: Western Style Beans

This is a recipe with white beans, the westerners’ way. The Greek way does not incorporate sausage but has olive oil instead. This variation has about 200 calories.

Ingredients (for 1)
* 40 gr raw white beans (130 cals)
* 1 soya sausage (50 calories, found at Safeway’s vegan aisle)
– or, half of a low-calorie sausage (60 cals)
* 20 gr carrots (6 cals)
* 30 gr celery (4 cals)
* 2 tbsp tomato salsa (10 cals)
* 1 shallot
* black pepper
* salt
* 1 tbspoon of olive oil (optional, 120 cals)

Execution:
1. Put the beans into plenty of water overnight.
2. In a pan add as much water as the instructions of the packaging suggests for 40 grams of beans (each kind of beans is different so we can’t suggest an arbitrary amount of water in this recipe). Add the beans in the pan, cover it and simmer in medium heat for as long as directed in the packaging.
4. About 15 minutes before it’s ready, slice the carrots, celery, onion and sausage. Add them into the pan along some salt and the 2 tablespoons of salsa tomato. Sprinkle some black pepper. Add 1 tbspoon of olive oil if you are not dieting.
5. Stir a few times, make sure the beans are cooked through (add some water if they aren’t, and simmer some more). Serve hot.

Tip1: If you can’t find that soya or low-calorie sausage at your place, try to get some 97% fat-free Farmer John’s ham instead. Use 56 grams.
Tip2: If cooking beans is too much of a hassle, buy some white beans in a can. In that case, don’t add any salt and don’t cook for more than a few minutes.

Beans
From my lunch today…